Kittyhawk fighters of 75 & 76 Sqdn RAAF strafing Jap tanks on Gilli Gilli Road, near Rabi, 28th Aug '42

Place Oceania: New Guinea1, Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Accession Number ART22172
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 38.1 x 45.7 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour on paper
Maker Dargie, William
Place made New Guinea1: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Date made October 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This scene shows the attack along Gilli Gilli Road, with aircraft flying over and tanks charging along. A dead soldier lays in on the road, his rifle to one side. Dargie noted, "These tanks, two of several brought ashore by Japanese, caused quite considerable damage before they were brought to a standstill by these air attacks. Many of the tanks which the Japanese attempted to bring to ashore were sunk with the barges transporting them, by our aircraft. In this action S/Leader Peter Turnbull lost his life". Squadron Leader Peter Turnbull DFC was killed on 27 August 1942, while strafing enemy troops.